Taiwan Youths Experience Traditional Culture at the Great Wild Goose Pagoda
Published:2017-08-09
 

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Cross-strait peace prayer ceremony at Ci’en Temple in Xi’an

“Same Root and One Blood – Cross-Strait Peace Prayer Ceremony” was held on August 8 at Ci’en Temple in Xi’an, Shaanxi. In the solemn Great Buddha’s Hall, youths from both sides of the Taiwan Strait, who had participated in “2017 Cross-Strait Youths’ Ancestor Worship Ceremony at Yellow Emperor’s Tomb”, prayed for peace in the singings of Sanskrit scriptures. They exchanged ideas in Buddhist culture and experienced the traditional Chinese culture, many of whom were excited at being at the sacred place where the great Tang monk Xuanzang translated Buddhist sutras.

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Youths from both sides of the Taiwan Strait visit Ci’en Temple

Ci’en Temple was built by Prince Li Zhi for his mother Empress Wende in the Zhenguan year of Tang Dynasty. The temple was presided by Xuanzang who had returned from his pilgrimage to India for Buddhist scriptures. The majestic great wild goose pagoda of seven floors, built with black brick, square-shaped, and wooden structured, is a typical pavilion style pagoda. Xuanzang preserved in the pagoda Buddhist scriptures and statues he brought back from India.

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Youths from both sides of the Taiwan Strait visit Ci’en Temple

Wei Dazhong, director-general of the Chinese Cross-Strait Exchange & Cooperation Promotion Council in Taiwan told the reporter that there are also a lot of Buddhist cultural groups which are committed to academic, cultural, and artistic exchange programs, and they contribute positively to further understanding between people cross the strait.

It is learned that “2017 Cross-Strait Youths’ Ancestor Worship Ceremony at Yellow Emperor’s Tomb” as well as other serial activities, with root seeking, ancestor worship, cultural and educational exchange, cultural innovation experience and performances by Taiwan ethnic minorities etc., are the biggest of its kind in recent years for exchanges between youths from both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

[Source:www.chinanews.com]